History ObfuscatingStupidity / AnimeAndManga

9th Sep '17 6:37:39 AM EDP
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** In the manga she is genuinely TheDitz, but exaggerates this big time to be underestimated (and for fun) and is by far the most battle competent of the Sailor Senshi. The only ones who actually know are Rei (figured it by the final arc, probably after wondering how the hell Minako was able to use her exact exorcism technique in the Exam Battle specials), the Three Lights (who actually call her out on this. Minako immediately dropped the act and threatened to kill them if they didn't drop theirs), and Artemis (who lives with her).

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** In the manga she is genuinely TheDitz, but exaggerates this big time to be underestimated (and for fun) and is by far the most battle competent of the Sailor Senshi. The only ones who actually know are Rei (figured it by the final arc, probably after wondering how the hell Minako was able to use her exact exorcism technique in the Exam Battle specials), the Three Lights (who actually call her out on this. Minako immediately dropped the act and threatened to kill them if they didn't drop theirs), and Artemis (who ([[HeterosexualLifePartners who lives with her).her]] and is too familiar with her personality to be fooled-and was there when she started putting on the act).
19th Aug '17 3:57:58 PM AbsoulHero
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* ''Manga/D.Gray-man'' has the rather tragic example of [[spoiler:Lavi]]. Despite several hints, neither the viewers nor the other characters know that [[spoiler: he is actually a teen genius with eidetic memory until the Noah's ark arc. He acts as a happy go lucky teenager to easily befriend people during his mission as a bookman. Even though he started BecomingTheMask ]] what is particulary tragic is that his friends still don't know that and think of him as a nice fun but unintelligent friend.

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* ''Manga/D.Gray-man'' ''Manga/DGrayMan'' has the rather tragic example of [[spoiler:Lavi]]. Despite several hints, neither the viewers nor the other characters know that [[spoiler: he is actually a teen genius with eidetic memory until the Noah's ark arc. He acts as a happy go lucky teenager to easily befriend people during his mission as a bookman. Even though he started BecomingTheMask ]] what is particulary tragic is that his friends still don't know that and think of him as a nice fun but unintelligent friend.
29th May '17 12:20:54 PM Skylentt
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* ''Manga/D.Gray-man'' has the rather tragic example of [[spoiler:Lavi]]. Despite several hints, neither the viewers nor the other characters know that [[spoiler: he is actually a teen genius with eidetic memory until the Noah's ark arc. He acts as a happy go lucky teenager to easily befriend people during his mission as a bookman. Even though he started BecomingTheMask ]] what is particulary tragic is that his friends still don't know that and think of him as a nice fun but unintelligent friend.
18th May '17 10:40:40 PM eschlowx
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* In the ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos'' light novels (not so much in the anime), there is some implication that [[CluelessChickMagnet Ichika]] is not quite as dense as he seems regarding the affections of the girls in his harem. Given that they're all [[ClingyJealousGirl Clingy Jealous Girls]] with violent tendencies and access to PoweredArmor, he's probably safer not noticing their feelings than acknowledging them and making a choice.
6th Apr '17 10:01:11 AM Willbyr
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* Hellbat in ''TransformersVictory'' acts like a devoted and none-too-bright servant, but is in reality is waiting for just the right moment to overthrow Leozack and Deathsaurus. Since Leozack also wants to overthrows Deathsaurus...

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* Hellbat in ''TransformersVictory'' ''Anime/TransformersVictory'' acts like a devoted and none-too-bright servant, but is in reality is waiting for just the right moment to overthrow Leozack and Deathsaurus. Since Leozack also wants to overthrows Deathsaurus...
12th Mar '17 8:06:59 AM secretfan14
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* One early look at ''Anime/MaiHime'''s Midori Sugiura would likely lead one to think: "[[{{Dojikko}} Clumsy waitress]]...[[OneOfTheKids ditzy teacher]]...I could probably take her in a fight". However, once she [[JumpedAtTheCall gets into her Element]], she can (and will) kick ass with flair, occasionally exhibiting leadership qualities that would make Storm proud.

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* One early look at ''Anime/MaiHime'''s Midori Sugiura would likely lead one to think: "[[{{Dojikko}} "[[CuteClumsyGirl Clumsy waitress]]...[[OneOfTheKids ditzy teacher]]...I could probably take her in a fight". However, once she [[JumpedAtTheCall gets into her Element]], she can (and will) kick ass with flair, occasionally exhibiting leadership qualities that would make Storm proud.
19th Jan '17 1:19:19 PM Willbyr
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* ''PokemonSpecial'''s Mr. Berlitz commissioned Ignor and Phool to watch over Platinum, who mistook Diamond and Pearl for her bodyguards (I&P were supposed to be the bodyguards in the first place). Given their antics in the time you see them, coupled with their names being variants of the word "idiot", you'd think Mr. Berlitz was an idiot himself for entrusting his daughter to these two. Per this trope, looks belie talent, and the two are very capable battlers with their Burmy and Buizel, as Saturn had the misfortune of discovering at the Lost Tower. They initially appear to have their asses handed to them by Saturn (who isn't even actually there, using a device to watch the scene and command his Pokemon) when Burmy gets its coat knocked off and Buizel appears to be abandoned, but it was all part of the plan as Buizel used its tail to create a whirlwind of Burmy's leaves to block Saturn's camera. Effectively blind, Saturn can no longer command his Pokemon which then get taken out in one hit.

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* ''PokemonSpecial'''s ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'''s Mr. Berlitz commissioned Ignor and Phool to watch over Platinum, who mistook Diamond and Pearl for her bodyguards (I&P were supposed to be the bodyguards in the first place). Given their antics in the time you see them, coupled with their names being variants of the word "idiot", you'd think Mr. Berlitz was an idiot himself for entrusting his daughter to these two. Per this trope, looks belie talent, and the two are very capable battlers with their Burmy and Buizel, as Saturn had the misfortune of discovering at the Lost Tower. They initially appear to have their asses handed to them by Saturn (who isn't even actually there, using a device to watch the scene and command his Pokemon) when Burmy gets its coat knocked off and Buizel appears to be abandoned, but it was all part of the plan as Buizel used its tail to create a whirlwind of Burmy's leaves to block Saturn's camera. Effectively blind, Saturn can no longer command his Pokemon which then get taken out in one hit.
19th Dec '16 6:49:35 AM Morgenthaler
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*** While Luffy and Zoro more have screwy personalities that make it seem impossible they actually possess any form of brain, Sanji perhaps is the only one who puts on the stupidity intentionally. The best strategical mind on the Straw Hats, he often looks just far enough ahead to pull a vital string that ends up saving the lot of them down the line. See in Water 7 when he realized Robin would be leaving via sea train and ran off early to stow away when everyone else was still messing around trying to figure out what to do. Ask him what he was doing beforehand? He has to go "see about a lady". Faced with the second best fighter in Croc's posse, and confronted as to whether or not he was the code-named orchestrator of the Straw Hats' escape? No, he's "just a simple sea cook." He stays out of sight, doesn't give his name, acts like an idiot (except in regards to his nature as a ChivalrousPervert; that part isn't an act) and generally ends up, as Zoro pointed out mockingly, in the convenient position of being a {{Badass}} (Zoro left that part out) who everyone takes to be "pirate A" That does have the unfortunate side effect of his bounty poster though.

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*** While Luffy and Zoro more have screwy personalities that make it seem impossible they actually possess any form of brain, Sanji perhaps is the only one who puts on the stupidity intentionally. The best strategical mind on the Straw Hats, he often looks just far enough ahead to pull a vital string that ends up saving the lot of them down the line. See in Water 7 when he realized Robin would be leaving via sea train and ran off early to stow away when everyone else was still messing around trying to figure out what to do. Ask him what he was doing beforehand? He has to go "see about a lady". Faced with the second best fighter in Croc's posse, and confronted as to whether or not he was the code-named orchestrator of the Straw Hats' escape? No, he's "just a simple sea cook." He stays out of sight, doesn't give his name, acts like an idiot (except in regards to his nature as a ChivalrousPervert; that part isn't an act) and generally ends up, as Zoro pointed out mockingly, in the convenient position of being a {{Badass}} badass (Zoro left that part out) who everyone takes to be "pirate A" That does have the unfortunate side effect of his bounty poster though.



* Someone watching ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' who doesn't know about the [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler second-episode plot revelation]] is likely to be thinking something like "What the...''Li'' is ''the Black Reaper?''" when it rolls around. The act also works on other characters, since nobody thinks to suspect the [[{{Adorkable}} adorably clumsy and naive]] NiceGuy of being a {{badass}} superpowered assassin.

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* Someone watching ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' who doesn't know about the [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler second-episode plot revelation]] is likely to be thinking something like "What the...''Li'' is ''the Black Reaper?''" when it rolls around. The act also works on other characters, since nobody thinks to suspect the [[{{Adorkable}} adorably clumsy and naive]] NiceGuy of being a {{badass}} badass superpowered assassin.
18th Dec '16 10:20:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* Dr. Stein from ''Manga/SoulEater'' plays this trope during his first appearance and meeting with the protagonists. The way he appeared didn't exactly impress them, rolling his chair backwards out the door and falling over. And then doing it again. Of course, he turns out to be a super [[{{Badass}} badass]] with sadistic tendencies.

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* Dr. Stein from ''Manga/SoulEater'' plays this trope during his first appearance and meeting with the protagonists. The way he appeared didn't exactly impress them, rolling his chair backwards out the door and falling over. And then doing it again. Of course, he turns out to be a super [[{{Badass}} badass]] badass with sadistic tendencies.
8th Oct '16 5:02:35 PM Mullon
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* A lot of characters in ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' but the one guy who stands out of all people is [[spoiler: Ryugamine Mikado. He seems like your typical NaiveNewcomer, right up until he demonstrates that he's successfully ''[[ImageBoard weaponized 4chan]]'']]. If even then, he still doesn't seem all that scary on a personal level, just wait until he starts [[spoiler:stabbing people with pens with a [[DissonantSerenity horrendous expression]] on his face.]]

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* A lot of characters in ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' but the one guy who stands out of all people is [[spoiler: Ryugamine Mikado. He seems like your typical NaiveNewcomer, right up until he demonstrates that he's successfully ''[[ImageBoard weaponized 4chan]]'']].''weaponized Website/FourChan'']]. If even then, he still doesn't seem all that scary on a personal level, just wait until he starts [[spoiler:stabbing people with pens with a [[DissonantSerenity horrendous expression]] on his face.]]
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